Teal Bunbury

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Teal Bunbury
Teal Bunbury.jpg
Teal Bunbury in 2011
Personal information
Full name Teal Alexander Bunbury
Date of birth (1990-02-27) February 27, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club New England Revolution
Number 10
Youth career
2006–2007 Apple Valley Juventus
2008–2009 Akron Zips
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Rochester Thunder 11 (5)
2010–2013 Sporting Kansas City 88 (19)
2014– New England Revolution 0 (0)
National team
2007 Canada U17 1 (0)
2008–2009 Canada U20 2 (1)
2012 United States U23 3 (0)
2010– United States 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 23, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 19, 2012

Teal Alexander Bunbury (born February 27, 1990) is an American soccer player who currently plays for New England Revolution in Major League Soccer. He is also a member of the United States men's national soccer team.

Career[edit]

College and amateur[edit]

Bunbury was born in Hamilton, Ontario to an American mother, Kristi, and Guyanese-born Canadian Alex Bunbury, a professional soccer player who won the sixth most caps all time for the Canadian men's soccer team. At the age of two, he left Canada to travel with his father as the elder Bunbury played in England briefly, and then in Portugal until Teal was 10 years old.[1] He then moved to the United States with his father and has grown up there since. He grew up in Prior Lake, Minnesota and attended Shattuck-St. Mary's High School. He was contracted for Apple Valley Juventus,[2] before playing college soccer at the University of Akron. He made a total of 35 starts and appeared in 48 games with the Zips during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In 2008, he scored a total of 6 goals in his 23 appearances, second only to future SuperDraft pick Steve Zakuani, who scored the most goals in the NCAA with 20.[3] Most of those appearances came off the bench, as Bunbury only started 10 games in that season.

After Steve Zakuani was selected first overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, Bunbury began to shine for Akron. As a sophomore, he started all 25 games for the Zips, including the 2009 Division I Men's College Cup final.[4] Bunbury led the team and the nation in goals, scoring 17 across the year. He also led the team in shots (103) and tied with fellow forward Darlington Nagbe in game-winning goals (5). Throughout the season, Bunbury earned many accolades, including the Mid-American Conference's Player of the Week award three times, as well as once by College Soccer News. He was also named to Top Drawer Soccer's national Team of the Week during the season. He was also the 2009 Hermann Trophy Award Winner for the best player in college soccer.

During his college years Bunbury also played with the Rochester Thunder in the USL Premier Development League[5] and the Chicago Fire Premier in the USL Super-20 League.

Professional[edit]

After two years with the Zips, Bunbury decided to forgo the remainder of his collegiate career and sign with Generation adidas.[6] He was drafted in the first round (4th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by Kansas City Wizards.[7]

He made his professional debut on March 27, 2010, in Kansas City's opening game of the 2010 MLS season against D.C. United,[8] and scored his first professional goal on April 13, 2010, in a US Open Cup game against the Colorado Rapids. He was handed a start on his first game in Canada versus Toronto FC. He was subbed off in the 58th minute. Despite being a striker in college, Teal is used more behind the main striker and is evolving into a playmaker. He scored his first MLS goal in a 1-0 victory over Columbus Crew.

In December 2010 Bunbury joined English Premier League side Stoke City on trial and scored in a reserve match against Wigan Athletic.[9]

On August 26, 2012 Bunbury suffered a torn ACL during a match against New York Red Bulls, which kept him off the field for 10 months.[10]

On February 19, 2014 Sporting Kansas City traded Bunbury to the New England Revolution for a first round 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick and allocation money.[11]

International[edit]

Bunbury has played for the Canadian national U-17 and U-20 teams. Though he had said he would play for Canada and it would feel "wrong" to play for the US,[1] he was called up to the full US team on November 11, 2010 as part of the squad to face South Africa.[12] Bunbury earned his first cap for the United States on November 17, 2010 against South Africa, coming on as a substitute at halftime in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup. He scored his first international goal against Chile from a penalty kick, in an exhibition match in Los Angeles.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. January 22, 2011 Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA  Chile 1 – 1 1 - 1 Friendly

Career statistics[edit]

All-time club performance
Club Season United States Major League Soccer US Open Cup MLS Cup CONCACAF Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Sporting Kansas City
2010 26 5 1 1 - - - - 27 6
2011 29 9 2 1 3 2 - - 34 12
2012 20 5 4 1 - - - - 24 6
Club Total 75 19 7 3 3 2 - - 85 24

Stats Accurate as of August 16, 2012

Personal life[edit]

Teal is the son of Alex Bunbury, a former striker who is the third highest scorer and is fifth in caps won all-time for the Canadian men's soccer team. He also finished his career as one of C.S. Marítimo's all-time top goal scorers.[13] Teal is the first son of a former MLS player to be drafted into the league.[14] His sister, Kylie Bunbury, is an actress known for her roles as Roxanne in the film The Sitter and Lacey in the ABC Family series Twisted.

Honours[edit]

Akron Zips[edit]

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Teal Bunbury proud to follow in dad's footsteps". CBC News. 2010-01-26. 
  2. ^ Football Canada
  3. ^ "AKRON - Cumulative Season Statistics (2008)". Akron Media Relations. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  4. ^ "AKRON - Cumulative Season Statistics (2009)". Akron Media Relations. 2009-12-13. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  5. ^ 2009 Rochester Thunder squad
  6. ^ CANADIAN BUNBURY PICKED 4TH OVERALL IN MLS SUPERDRAFT
  7. ^ 2010 MLS SuperDraft
  8. ^ "Teal Bunbury First Game". CBC News. 
  9. ^ "Trialist On Target In Reserves Defeat". stokecityfc.com. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  10. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/08/27/sporting-kcs-bunbury-done-season-torn-acl
  11. ^ Austin, Kurt. "Teal Bunbury traded to New England Revolution". Sportingkc.com. Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ Akron sophomore striker Teal Bunbury comes from a soccer family
  14. ^ Teal Bunbury proud to follow in dad's footsteps
  15. ^ "MAC Announces Men's Soccer Postseason Awards" (Press release). Mid-American Conference. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  16. ^ Eskilson, J.R. (2009-12-03). "College Soccer Professor: End Of The Season Awards". Goal.com. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  17. ^ "Akpan, Bone and Bunbury are Men's 2009 MAC Hermann Trophy Finalists" (Press release). NSCAA. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  18. ^ "Akpan Earns Third Division I All-America Honor" (Press release). NSCAA. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  19. ^ Kennedy, Paul (2009-12-18), "Akron's Bunbury is Men's Player of the Year", Soccer America, retrieved 2009-12-23 

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